Articles tagged with: Turkey

Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 21 Jul, 2014

Turkey’s President: New and Improved?

The presidential elections on August 10 will be a crucial turning point in the history of Turkish democracy, as it marks the first time the president of the Republic will be directly elected by the people. After almost two years of tense discussions, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has managed to change the system to a semi-presidential one—although it has officially not been named as such—in which both the president and prime minister are chosen through popular electi...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 14 Jul, 2014

Erdoğan vs. the Central Bank

The victory of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in three consecutive elections is usually attributed to the country’s impressive economic growth over the past decade. Many economists agree that much of this performance can be traced back to the recovery program imposed by the IMF in 2001, when Turkey was facing perhaps the worst economic crisis in its modern history. Among the measures passed by the government of the day to tackle the crisis was a law granting autonomy to the...

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Soner Cagaptay
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on : Wednesday, 9 Jul, 2014

Yesterday’s Enemies, Tomorrow’s Friends?

When I visited Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in 2007, my host, a leading Kurdish official, asked me when Turkey was going to invade the KRG. Tod...

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Stephen Starr
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on : Tuesday, 8 Jul, 2014

Ankara’s Bad News

The release on Thursday of thirty-two Turkish truck drivers kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Mosul last month came as something of a surprise for some...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 23 Jun, 2014

Turkey’s Game-Changer?

There have been a lot of positive reactions to the news that Turkey’s secular opposition have joined with nationalists to back a pious former Secretary-General of the Organ...

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Clarissa Pharr
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on : Sunday, 22 Jun, 2014

Istanbul’s Open-Air Studio

“Every time I go back, whole neighborhoods are different,” says Beyza Boyacioglu. Boyacioglu, a Turkish filmmaker trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York, was ...

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Ahu Özyurt
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on : Monday, 16 Jun, 2014

The Sultan’s Reign ends with a Bang

It was almost an impossible dream in the beginning. When a small, newly-formed local TV production company embarked on a journey to tell the story of the longest living Ottoman Sul...

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Mehmet Solmaz
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on : Monday, 9 Jun, 2014

New Representatives for Turkey’s Kurds

Turkey’s biggest Kurdish-majority city, Diyarbakır—designated the “heart of Kurdistan” by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)—has witnessed hundred...

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Yerevan Saeed
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on : Monday, 2 Jun, 2014

Turkey’s Kurdish Lifeline?

The tug-of-war between Iraq and Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, over control of the autonomous region’s oil reserves seems to be entering a new phase. On May 22, Kurdi...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Friendly Ties, Lost at Sea

The Israeli military’s boarding of the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010, resulting in the deaths of several Turkish citizens, sent shockwaves around the world...

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